Columns

Carol Hughes’ Column – Phoenix Pay System coming back to haunt the government – again

In mythology the Phoenix rises from the ashes of its predecessor and is repeatedly born again.  In some ways it is a fitting namesake for Canada’s beleaguered federal pay system that continues to draw back into the news time and … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park

Those of you who read this column regularly may remember a few weeks ago I indicated that I am so thankful that I didn’t study from the same math textbook or attend the same schools as Premier Wynne and Conservative … Continue reading

Jumbo Cake Mix Cookies

Jumbo Cake Mix Cookies My mom made these cookies this week and passed along the recipe to me. I thought I should share it with you. These cookies are super simple to make and are perfect for when you are … Continue reading

Exactly How Fat Was That Cat

As they say, a photo’s worth a thousand pounds. I can’t get that picture in the newspaper out of my head. It was a cat snapshot that circled the world of media. Caption: “Fat Feline A Goliath Of Girth.” In … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Change in the works for diabetics receiving Disability Tax Credit

Taxes have been dominating federal politics recently, with splashy headlines and lots of Question Period time devoted to new rules for small business and the Paradise Papers which exposed details on Canada’s offshore tax haven elites.  One of the dangers … Continue reading

Beware Of Catty Song Lyrics. They Bite!

Whereas pop star Meghan Trainor is “all about da base, bout the base, no treble,” when it comes to listening to music, I’m all about the lyrics. Leonard Cohen’s Closing Time could well be a scene set in a rundown … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park

Whenever someone uses the term “the dirty 30s”, people immediately associate that with the tough times of the depression era. No doubt those were very tough times that were made to feel even worse because of the period of prosperity … Continue reading

Why we challenge ourselves on Remembrance Day

Every year Canadians gather to express their gratitude to veterans at municipal and Legion-hosted events across the country. This year as we celebrate 150 years of Confederation we can also celebrate those who have truly stood on guard for us.  … Continue reading

Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta

Recipe My vegetarian daughter recommended this recipe to me. Quick, easy, flavourful, and made with 100% real ingredients, this version of Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta uses just a touch of cream cheese and Parmesan to make a regular tomato … Continue reading

Snowbirds Heading For Florida – Pack Ammo And Condoms

Right about now you’re getting ready for your annual migration to the Sunshine State. Maybe you’re still packing. Please understand, you can’t possibly be packing the way residents of Florida are packing. Case in point, behave yourself in movie theatres. … Continue reading